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Queen Ci Xi court according to show the characteristics of women

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The Empress Dowager Ci Xi well versed in pleasure, are interested in European and American popular gadgets and luxury accessories. Two of her royal women Guan Deling, let old are returned from French prodigy, under their guidance, the Empress Dowager Cixi more adept.

The Empress Dowager Ci Xi said she was keen to take pictures, to promote the development of photography is not about Chinese. Photography was originally Chinese as foreigners ", can be awful diabolic tricks and wicked craft", most of them away. In 1885, the emperor's father, Prince Chun, will own German Laixing g for his camera photos submitted to Guangxu emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi. The Empress Dowager Ci Xi after watching it eager. When she first saw his photos, couldn't help love for photography, for the camera, edicts in front of the summer palace Leshou Tang pitched Xipeng, to screen background contrast, and according to the hall style layout luxury furnishings.

Ci Xi in the photo before the first turn experience Book Selected auspicious occasion. When shooting, often for a few pictures, in order to choose. Just finished, Cuizhuo flush enlarged, sometimes photos soak in the syrup is not developing, she would sneak peek. The Empress Dowager Cixi left many entertainment life photos and portraits, and in his seventieth birthday (1904), so that the attendants hanging in the Forbidden City and the summer palace, etc., as used and reward ministers. These pictures later flows to the people, become a precious historical archives.

Queen Ci Xi also likes to listen to other people play the piano. In the showroom of the Summer Palace, there is a foreigner to send the piano. In 1903, the Qing government's ambassador to France Yugeng daughter de Ling and the Empress Dowager Cixi lived together for two years, she had more than once the piano to the Empress Dowager Cixi played abroad and piano repertoire.

There is a huge phonograph in the Empress Dowager Ci Xi of the palace, this is the end of the Qing Dynasty from foreign gifts. The phonograph with spring as power, the full string free drive with a small hammer string, Huicheng euphonious melody. The phonograph also stores a waltz and other famous Chinese and foreign music appreciation for the Empress Dowager Ci Xi.

Ci Xi was interested in Western dance, one day, Ci Xi asked: "de Ling dancing is what happened? I listen to people say, two people hand in hand in the house, if really, I want to have no meaning. Are you jumping up and down with a man?" Ci Xi said the dance refers to the ballroom dance. Then she came to de Ling said: "I want to see you dance, can you jump?" So the empress ordered the player moved to the main hall, pick up a piece of the Austrian waltz, please de Ling and her sister let old jump together. After the performance, Ci Xi happily commented: "this is a very beautiful dance." Ask again: "you do repeatedly to a circle, don't you feel dizzy?"

The Empress Dowager Cixi appreciate fashionable Paris fashion, like the 18th century French high-heeled shoes, before the Royal female officer de Ling every day wearing the Paris Dress and high heels, so that she could see the French fashionable attire. She also imitate western lady custom, raised a pug for fun. Her make-up Paris perfume, powder, and French gilded mirror and Japanese small dresser. She often read the description of the queen of Vitoria biography translation has also learned English, but two hours after he impatiently stopped. Cixi also learn foreigner ask an artist to paint their portraits, invited American painter Miss Carr and the Dutch painter to paint her portrait.